Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr
Expected publication: May 7th 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters--wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds, all bent on destroying the world.
The gods died a long time ago.
Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history--because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.
However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids--led by Matt--will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.
First, you should know this book passed the "kid test", as both my 5th grade son AND 3rd grade daughter read it and loved it. It took my son a little longer to get sucked into the story than my daughter, but once he did he couldn't put it down. He even used it for a book report, feeling pretty proud of himself for sharing a book that isn't out yet!
Loki's Wolves is a fantastic middle grade fantasy-adventure, and it lives up to the reader expectations that come from such well-known authors. I highly recommend it for all mythology lovers!